Etymology
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chard (n.)

"blanched leaf of artichoke," 1650s, from French carde "chard" (14c.), perhaps via Provençal, from Latin carduus "thistle, artichoke" (see cardoon).

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Definitions of chard

chard (n.)
beet lacking swollen root; grown as a vegetable for its edible leaves and stalks;
Synonyms: Swiss chard / spinach beet / leaf beet / chard plant / Beta vulgaris cicla
chard (n.)
long succulent whitish stalks with large green leaves;
Synonyms: Swiss chard / spinach beet / leaf beet
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